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MISCANTHUS PRODUCTIVITY NETWORK

Objective

The objective of the Miscanthus productivity network is to assess the potential of Miscanthus at different European locations and to assess its potential as a raw material for the energy, paper and construction industries.

Miscanthus is a temperate grass genus which contains exclusively C4 species. The genus consists of robust perennials with elongate linear leaf blades. The grass grows to a height of up to 4m annually and yields from Miscanthus vary from 15-20 dry tonnes of material per hectare. Yields of 26 dry tonnes per hectare have been recorded in Germany.

The Miscanthus productivity network consists of 18 research organizations located throughout Europe and its specific objectives are to:

- Determine the sustainable yield and quality of Miscanthus as a low input agricultural crop at different European locations with particular emphasis on Northern Europe.

- Assess the limitations which low temperature and other stress factors place on the growth of Miscanthus under European climatic conditions.

- Determine which genotypes of Miscanthus are most suitable for growth in the EC.

- Assess the environmental impact of growing Miscanthus as an agricultural crop and the environmental constraints of growing Miscanthus in the EC.

- Evaluate and test different technologies for harvesting, storage and drying the crop.

- Identify, evaluate and test selected end uses of Miscanthus especially in the energy, paper and construction industries.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

HYPERION LTD
Address
Mainstreet Watergrasshill, Co Cork
Cork
Ireland

Participants (14)

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS)
United Kingdom
Address
Brooklands Avenue
CB2 2DR Cambridge
BAYERISCHES LANDESANSTALT FÜR WEINBAU UND GARTENBAU
Germany
Address
An Der Steige 15
8707 Veitschoecheim
BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV
Netherlands
Address
Po Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
Bundesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft
Germany
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Greece
Address
Frati 6
19400 Koropi
ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE - ENEA
Italy
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
100 Roma
FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FORESTRY AND FOREST PRODUCTS
Germany
Address
Leuschnerstrasse 91
21031 Hamburg
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
Route De Thiverval
78850 Thiverval-grignon
Istituto di Agronomia Generale e Coltivazioni Erbacee
Italy
Address
Via Valdidavoia 5
95123 Catania
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
West Common
AL5 2JQ Harpenden, Herts
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address

Dublin
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
Address
Plaza Del Obradoiro
15701 Santiago De Compostela
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Quinta Da Torre
2825 Monte Da Caparica
University of Essex
United Kingdom
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester